Yes, the Jets and cornerback Darrelle Revis talked about a reunion, before Revis selected the Patriots. Before news broke of the deal, Brian Costello of the New York Post shared an interesting twist.
The discussions with the Jets were initiated not by the Jets but by Revis. The goal, per Costello, was to gauge the team’s potential interest in a homecoming.
The overture had only one logical purpose: To spark a bidding war between the Jets and the Patriots.
A year ago, the Jets traded Revis in part because they feared that, upon becoming a free agent in 2014, Revis would have made a beeline for Foxboro. Once he was free to do it, Revis understandably wanted to see what it would be worth to the Jets to keep that from happening.
It’s business. Smart business. A seller with one potential buyer gets less than one with two. Especially if the two are arch rivals who don’t really like each other very much.
It’s unknown whether the Jets offered more than the Patriots, whether the Jets offered anything, or whether the Patriots increased their offer to fend off the Jets. But Revis has never shown a lack of an inclination to get paid. Get paid he will in New England, even though he’s getting $4 million less than he was supposed to be paid.
Come 2015, he’ll get another crack at the open market. Maybe that’s when he’ll go back to the Jets.